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Funimation Suspends Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Production

Funimation Suspends Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Production | Anime News | Scoop.it
Funimation announced on Thursday that it has suspended production on all future Blu-ray releases of the Dragon Ball Z television anime series, including the Level 2.1 disc that was originally scheduled to be released on March 27.


Funimation said that it had produced the Blu-ray editions of the series due to fan demand; however, the company explained that "due to technical challenges of restoring from the original film frame by frame, we are unable to continue these releases by way of this process." The company added it will re-evaluate its process of creating these Blu-rays and will research more efficient methods of restoration.

Funimation announced last July that it would release the series for the first time on Blu-ray. Funimation and the Dallas-based company ANDTRANSFER remastered the series from the original Japanese 16mm film reels at 1080p, keeping the original 4:3 aspect ratio. The first set, Dragon Ball Z Level 1.1, was released with the first 17 episodes on November 8.

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Code Geass: Oz the Reflection's Details Revealed

Code Geass: Oz the Reflection's Details Revealed | Anime News | Scoop.it
The March issue of Hobby Japan magazine is revealing more details about the Code Geass: Oz the Reflection (Code Geass : Sōbō no Oz) spinoff on Wednesday. The spinoff will launch in Hobby Japan magazine and Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype Ace magazine and tell a story from the viewpoints of two different protagonists.


The photo story in Hobby Japan will center around Orpheus Zevon (Jivon), a young terrorist with the Knightmare Frame (KMF) Byakuen. Shigeru Morita (Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives) of Studio Nue is penning this story.

The manga in Newtype Ace will revolve around Aldrin Zevon, a girl in the Britannia Empire's anti-terrorist unit Glinda Knights who pilots the KMF Lancelot Grail. (The crest of the Glinda Knights indicates that the name is a reference to Glinda the Good Witch from the Oz novels.)

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Sony’s Crackle Adds Animax Anime Channel

Sony’s Crackle Adds Animax Anime Channel | Anime News | Scoop.it

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s online video streaming portal Crackle.com has added Animax anime channel to its lineup in the U.S. and Canada. Animax features an extensive collection of anime content with curated updates and will be available on Crackle.com and via apps for tablets and other moble devices.

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Guys Enthralled by 'My Little Pony'

Guys Enthralled by 'My Little Pony' | Anime News | Scoop.it
A remake of My Little Pony, an animated TV show originally conceived for little girls, has attracted a passionate fan base among grown men.
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Japan's Comic Sales Totaled 271.71 Billion Yen in 2011

Japan's Comic Sales Totaled 271.71 Billion Yen in 2011 | Anime News | Scoop.it

The market research firm Oricon reported on Tuesday that Japan's comic (manga) sales totaled 271.71 billion yen (about US$3.533 billion) during the 2011 fiscal year. About 503.61 million copies of comics sold in Japan last year, and that was 99.0 percent of the total from 2010.


Despite selling fewer copies, the total revenue from comic sales did increase from the year before. In 2010, the total revenue from comic sales was 270.67 billion (about US$3.519 billion) yen, also a small increase from 270.31 billion yen (about US$3.515 billion) in 2009.


Oricon reported that the total revenue from all book sales, including the comic/manga, bunko, and general book categories, was 1.112 trillion yen (about US$14.46 billion) in Japan in 2011. That number was 99.3 percent of the total from 2010. About 1.287 billion copies of all books sold in Japan last year, which was a one percent drop from 2010.


The research firm cited the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) and the resulting production interruptions and material shortages as possible causes for the slight decrease in total book sales. Oricon expects sales totals to increase as Japan continues to recover from the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami.


In 2011, the top-selling manga by series in Japan were One Piece (37,996,373 copies), Naruto (6,874,840 copies), and Blue Exorcist (5,223,712 copies). Oricon reported that top-selling manga by volume were One Piece #61 (3,382,588 copies), One Piece #62 (3,207,568 copies), and One Piece #63 (3,073,175 copies).

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K-ON! movie scores big at Japan’s Academy Awards « Akihabara News

K-ON! movie scores big at Japan’s Academy Awards « Akihabara News | Anime News | Scoop.it

If you have never heard of K-ON! before, I hesitate to say to you if you missed out big on this one, or if you should praise yourself lucky you didn’t. The animated movie produced by Kyoto Animation / TBS TV / Pony Canyon & Movic, just stirred up the rankings again,.. yes, AGAIN...

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Anime for the apocalypse – GeekOut - CNN.com Blogs

Anime for the apocalypse – GeekOut - CNN.com Blogs | Anime News | Scoop.it
An anime fan's tastes pop up pretty early in the initial addiction phase. Whether it's shojo, harem, mecha or horror, it won't take long to become an expert on your topic of choice. When it comes to mine, I'm always drawn to chaos.
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Guys Enthralled by 'My Little Pony'

Guys Enthralled by 'My Little Pony' | Anime News | Scoop.it
A remake of My Little Pony, an animated TV show originally conceived for little girls, has attracted a passionate fan base among grown men.
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Anime Fans, Help FUNIMATION Serve You Better

Anime Fans, Help FUNIMATION Serve You Better | Anime News | Scoop.it

Anime Fans, Help FUNIMATION Serve You Better. They've put up a quick survey asking for your input. 

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EC43HC4VU

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